BUDAPEST – The government lost to the Hungarian joke political party

On Monday (20 January) the European Court of Human rights in Strasbourg ruled against the Hungarian government for fining the Two-Tailed Dog Party, for breaking rules on fair elections and voting rights during the 2016 national referendum on EU refugee quotas.

In 2016, the Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party called on citizens to cast invalid ballots during the  referendum on the EU’s refugee quotas and developed an app that allowed voters to photograph, anonymously upload and comment, often satirically, on invalid votes cast.

Hungary’s National Election Commission fined the party, saying it broke the rules on fair elections, voting secrecy and the exercise of rights in accordance with their purpose. The Court held that the law regulating the elections was not clear nor precise enough for the party to know whether their application would break the law, and that the authorities had violated their right to freedom of expression. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov |

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